Have you been wondering about educational options for your child or a child you know and love? This wonderful program will share with you how the Waldorf and Montessori Schools approach learning. Hear our two gifted, dedicated teachers - Wendy Baschkopf from the East Bay Waldorf School and Paul McNees from the Montessori Family School - describe the care and attention brought to each student. The wealth of information will touch your mind, body, heart and soul. You'll find out:
* why Jennifer Anniston values her Waldorf education.
* the three dimensional way Montessori schools teach math.
* some differences between the two schools.
* how they both value mental, emotional, physical and spiritual learning.
* what they offer as alternatives to public education.
Wendy Baschkopf is a Waldorf classroom teacher at the East Bay Waldorf School. She earned an interdisciplinary degree in history, humanities and the arts from San Francisco State. Her personal mission is to develop rapport and communication with parents to assist her understanding of their child as a unique individual. Beginning as a kindergarten assistant and crafts instructor, she received her teacher training at the Rudolf Steiner College in San Francisco. Prior to her Waldorf training, she earned a degree in fashion design and was a clothing designer for The Limited Stores. www.eastbaywaldorf.org; 510-223-3570
Paul McNees is a Montessori teacher at the Montessori Family School in Kensington. He also is a respected teacher trainer and an inspired Orff Schulwerk music specialist. Paul embodies Montessori's vision of education as an ever changing, evolving entity, which adapts itself to each child who enters his classroom. As an artist and musician, Paul brings his unique view of the world into his classroom, inspiring children to think critically and creatively. Paul is currently working on a CD of children's music that will include both original and traditional songs. www.montessorifamily.com; 510-528-5233
Roland Gauthier is Computer Graphics Department Manager and Senior Technical Director at LAIKA, a major animation studio in Portland, Oregon. His passion and curiosity for art and science began at a Montessori school in France, and continued at Waldorf Schools in the Bay Area. His early educational experiences guided and enhanced his pursuits at Lick-Wilmerding High School, Vassar College, Expression College for Digital Arts, as well as his current career. www.laika.com